Kieron Brady is a former professional footballer who played for Sunderland AFC, Doncaster Rovers FC and the Republic of Ireland at international level.
Although born in Coatbridge, just outside Glasgow in Scotland, Kieron played for the Republic of Ireland as a result of his family background and through having a very strong Irish identity. Through an awareness of the racism that affected the Irish community and the historic anti-Catholic hostility and sustained sectarian attitudes in Scotland, he has always vehemently opposed intolerance in all its guises.
He worked for over four years with the Show Racism the Red Card organisation and in that period he helped devise and deliver hundreds of anti-racist and Equality workshops across the North East of England. These engagements met with universal approval from both teachers and children. As a result of such positive feedback he was invited by the Holocaust Education Trust to visit Auschwitz in Poland to visit the concentration and extermination camp where many Jews were murdered and died.
He has also spoken to audiences on these issues at football clubs, city chambers, town halls and theatres and he engaged with the media on numerous occasions on behalf of the Show Racism the Red Card organisation and has delivered teacher training on these issues.
During this time, his efforts as an anti-racist educationalist led him to being recognised in a ceremony at 10 Downing Street, home of the British Prime Minister in May 2008. He has also completed and passed courses in Equality and Diversity, Prejudice and Discrimination, and Rights and Responsibilities at Sunderland University. In more recent times he has given interviews to media outlets from the internet, newspapers and radio in Britain and in Europe on the issues of racism and Equality.
"Without ideas forged in the clash of opposition - there is no way forward. The Battle of Ideas is a must do event."
Lynne Featherstone MP, Liberal Democrats